Wicker Park & West Town Lit Fest – On & Off Site!

7:00 pm


Quimby’s is proud to be participating in the Wicker Park and West Town Lit Fest! This year it runs September 15th-18th. And it kicks off at Quimby’s on Thurs, September 15th, which is our 25th anniversary! Founder Steven Svymbersky will be here with slides and video to talk about the mayhem that was the beginning of Quimby’s two and a half decades ago. And we’ve got surprise commemorative swag we’re rolling out! More details about the Quimby’s event here.

Lit Fest last year was only one day. Perhaps you recall that we celebrated it by giving people a free mini-comic and Chicago-based food puns then served them shots of Chicago-based Malort, demanding we post pictures on our Instagram of their face afterwards?:


Well guess what? Now Lit Fest is FOUR DAYS!

So now…

Wicker Park & West Town Lit Fest’s Second Year Celebrates Neighborhoods’ Literary Past and Present

Join partners from the West Town and Wicker Park neighborhoods for a weekend of programming that will entertain and educate all ages. The weekend has a full calendar of activities planned. Highlights of the weekend include our celebration to kick it off…

…and there’s stuff elsewhere too, besides Quimby’s! Check out this stuff elsewhere (see www.wwlitfest.com for the details of when and where): 

*a tribute to Chicago literary legend Nelson Algren

*a community book swap at the Wicker Park farmer’s market

*a special edition of Chicago Story Slam at Subterranean music hall

*workshops, author readings, comic book signings, children’s story time and much more!

A calendar of events for each day is available on the official fest website www.wwlitfest.com.
Weekend updates and photos will be available on the official Facebook Page facebook.com/wpwtlitfest
Follow the fest with the hashtag #wwlitfest

Participating member’s locations:
826CHI, 1276 N Milwaukee Ave 826chi.org
BookClub, 1211 N. Wood St bookclubchicago.net
Chicago Publishers Resource Center, 858 N. Ashland Ave chiprc.org
Guild Literary Complex, guildcomplex.org
Impossible Industries, 1750 W North Ave impossibleInd.com
Myopic Books, 1564 N Milwaukee Ave myopicbookstore.com
Quimby’s Bookstore, 1854 W. North Ave quimbys.com
Volumes Bookcafe, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave www.volumesbooks.com
Young Chicago Authors, 1180 N Milwaukee Ave youngchicagoauthors.org

Lit Fest planning partners include: Quimby’s Bookstore, Volumes Bookcafe, Chicago Publishers Resource Center, Young Chicago Authors, BookClub, 826CHI, Impossible Industries, Myopic Books, and Guild Literary Complex.  Other neighborhood partners include Reckless Records, Subterranean, Wicker Park Farmer’s Market, and Chicago Public Library.

Read Local & Shop Small! Help us fight the big box on-line stores!

Event flyer designed by Susie Kirkwood

New Stuff This Week

Thanks, Joe Lachut! Happy you finally sent us Seven Inches to Freedom Fanzine! #zines #quimbys

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Seven Inches to Freedom #13 by Joe Lachut $3.00


Cometbus #57 by Aaron Cometbus $5.00 – This issue: Comics in New York. In this special 35 year Cometbus anniversary issue Aaron talks with a bunch of cartoonists, comics scholars, publishers, shopkeepers (Gabe Fowler at Desert Island!), and librarians. Check out that list of artists and authors tagged on this, yo! He asks nitty gritty questions about process, personal philosophy, longevity, personal history and quirks — all the juicy stuff. Awesome artist portraits by Nate Powell and a rockin’ Jeffrey Lewis cover. -LM

Veneers: A Book of Short Stories by Dan Gleason, with illustrations by Luke Smarto $3.00 – Oh Dan Gleason, you dirty, dirty boy, we love you. One of our favorite local weirdos is back with the 58th book of his short stories, with awesome hilarious drawings by the great Luke Smarto. He knows life wasn’t going to be one big, long, wacky roller-skating video game pizza party (he even says so). He declares his shortcomings to his own flawless crush with such sentiments as “I’m a man of low character – a morally bankrupt soul. That underhanded chap who taught tai chi classes to folks who weren’t smart enough to know that he was faking tai chi.” He declares his dislike for those moving to the City of Angels: “No, I’m not going to trip with you…snorting cocaine in the bathroom…You know, there is an age when drug abuse is no longer fashionable. I believe that age to be eleven.” Sidenote: If you’re lucky enough to be at Quimby’s at the right time, you will see Mr. Gleason drop off his zines and you’ll think to yourself, “That man has a golden voice and should at all times be on all radio stations.” -LM

Summer Skin Comics and Poems by Rosie Accola $6.00

Restroom by Mosser $5.00

Mood Board #1 A Zine by Lise Freitas $6.00

Heaven in the Palm of Your Hand: A Crystal Users Guide by Luke Simon $10.00


Road of Serpents by Luis Colindres $11.00

Tales from the Mart #1 Cross Pollinated Chlorokill $2.99

Superfuckers Forever #1 by James Kochalka and Jake Lawrence $3.99

Cowboy by Gabe Howell $4.00

Pill Popper Sneak Peek by Mosser $1.00

Line and Hook by Ben Nadler and Alyssa Berg $10.00


Friends is Friends by Greg Cook (First Second) $19.99

Kelly: The Cartoonist America Turns To, From the Pages of The Onion by Stan Kelly, ed. by Ward Sutton (IDW/Top Shelf) $19.99

Western Voyeur #1 by Nathan Cowdry $5.00


Darin Mickey: Death Takes a Holiday (JandL) ed. by Jason Fulford $40.00 – Photos of independent record shops that opened in the 1960s-80s in NY, NJ and Pennsylvania, many of which are now on their last legs, or have recently been shuttered, showing a community of beautiful recluses brought together by obsession and compulsion.

Russian Alphabet Colouring Book, Illustrated by “Amanita” Alexander Erashov., ed. by Damon Murray & Stephen Sorrell (Fuel) $18.95



Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh $16.00 – A lonely young woman working in a boys’ prison outside Boston in the early 60s is pulled into a very strange crime.

Gentleman: A Novel by Forrest Leo $26.00 – In the spirit of Wodehouse and Monty Python, about a famous poet in Victorian London poet who inadvertently sells his wife to the devil (the polite “Gentleman” of the title ) — then recruits a band of adventurers to rescue her. Now with more anarchist-fearing bobbies!


Foraging and Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook by Dina Falconi with illustrations by Wendy Hollender (Botanical Arts Press) $40.00



Belladonna of Sadness: A Companion Book to the 1973 Cult Japanese Anime Film by JC Gabel and Jessica Hundley (Hat & Beard Press) $60.00 – The final film in the adult-oriented Animerama trilogy, a visual spectacle of the film, loosely inspired by La Sorcière, Jules Michelet’s 1862 history of witchcraft and the occult, this book tells the story of a young woman who makes a pact with the devil to exact revenge after being raped and driven from her home. Spectacular watercolor paintings by Kuni Fukai marry the art nouveau artifice of artists like Aubrey Beardsley to ’60s psychedelia; the film’s North American distributor, Cinelicious Pics, describes it as “equal parts J.R.R. Tolkien and gorgeous, explicit Gustav Klimt-influenced eroticism.” This first printing of the book will include a Blu-ray disc of the 4k restored version of the feature film (!), with bonus features including interviews with the director, composer and illustrator of the film, original trailer and more. Once the first printing of the book is sold out, the Blu-ray will not be included with any future printings!

Stray Cat Struts: My Life as a Rockabilly Rebel by Slim Jim Phantom $25.99

Uproot: Travels in 21st Century Music and Digital Culture by Jace Clayton $16.00


End of Tsarist Russia: The March to World War I and Revolution by Dominic Lieven $18.00


Maximumrocknroll #400 Sep 16 $4.99

Frankie #72 $14.95

Smith Journal #19 $17.99

Wire #390 Aug 16 $9.99

Cannabis Now #21 the Art Issue $7.999

Harpers Magazine Sep 16 $6.99

Raw Vision #90 Summer 16 $14.00

THC the Hemp Connoisseur Sum 16 $6.99

Shindig #57 Beach Boys Pet Sounds $12.99

Tattoo Energy #102 $.99

Weed USA 2016 Special Newsweek Edition: Is America Ready For a Cannabis Revolution?  $10.99

Archer #6 16 Australian Journal of Sexual Diversity $14.95

Mous Magazine #1 Live/Inform/Design/Create/Fornicate $22.95

Artdependence Magazine #3 $11.90


N+1 Dirty Work #26 Worst Election Year Ever $14.95

Overtime Hour 41 At the Wheel of the Western World by Dave Barrett $2.00

Birds Eye by Adina K. Burke $5.50

Quimby’s 25th Anniversary Celebration With Founder Steven Svymbersky 9/15!

7:00 pm


Don’t miss the Quimby’s Bookstore 25th Anniversary Event 9/15: Founder Steven Svymbersky Shares the Mayhem of Underground Press and the Beginnings of Quimby’s Bookstore!

Quimby’s Bookstore opened on September 15th, 1991, a tiny store at Damen and Evergreen, serving up weird, saucy and aberrant DIY zines, books and comics to a Wicker Park that was a very different place than it is now. Two and a half decades later, the store continues to offer subversive printed matter in an environment that fosters a creative artistic community that employees jokingly call, “a tourist destination for cool people” as well as events, all with an inclusive yet snarky DIY punk aesthetic.

Quimby’s is proud to welcome back founder Steven Svymbersky to the store on the occasion of the store’s 25th anniversary. Svymbersky will present a history of zines and underground comics as well as sharing memories of his years as a zine publisher and the beginnings of Quimby’s Bookstore.

Quimby’s has a variety of things planned to celebrate our silver jubilee, including: an exclusive Chris Ware print celebrating our anniversary, the release of an printed store history with stories and graphics, a commemorative t-shirt by artist Gabby Schulz, an artisanal Marz Community Brewing Quimby’s beer with a specially designed label by Chicago artist Laura Park and more surprises.

This event also kicks off Wicker Park & West Town Lit Fest’s second year, which celebrates the neighborhoods’ literary past and present. Events around Wicker Park and West Town include a story slam, book swap, workshops, author readings and signings and more.

For more info: info(at)quimbys(dot)com

Invite your friends with the Facebook invite!

Thurs, Sep 15th, 7pm Quimby’s Bookstore  Chicago, IL quimbys.com

Quimbys 25 L Palmer celebrates full ad


New Stuff This Week

New stuff this week! #quimbys

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Alamo Igloo by Keith Herzik, issues #24 Manipulative Dig ($5.00) & #25 Herzoc ($7.00)


Library Excavations #2 The ABC’s of the Chicagos Reader Touring Musicians Publicity Photos Collection by Marc Fischer $6.00

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Heaven in the Palm of Your Hand: A Crystal Users Guide by Luke Simon $10.00

Bath Manager #1 by Morgan Vessel $3.00

Judas Goat Quarterly #70 Late Sum 16 by Grant Schreiber $1.50

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Sixth Mass Extinction by Ines Estrada (Perfectly Acceptable Press) $15.00

Thrill by Leanna Perry $6.00

Zisk #27 Sum 16 $2.00

Grassroots Media Zine #2 $5.00 and #3 $10.00

Critical Theory Cocktails #3 Powerful drinks that will make you think differently by Aggie Toppins $8.00

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comics by Chloe Perkis, $5.00 each:
Hard Thoughts
Goodbye Corpses

Kitty’s Guide to Chicago Coffee by Patrick Cheng $2.00

Line and Hook by Ben Nadler and Alyssa Berg $10.00

Mirror Cave by Erik Ruin and Spires that in the Sunset Rise $10.00

Annihilate by Brandon Daniels and Sam Boven $8.00

Airplane Food #1 by Tyler Callich $5.00

Sec by Sarah Ferrick $5.00

Study Group Magazine #4 ed by Zack Soto & Milo George $15.95 – Adventure calls in this massive tribute to all things fearless and fantastic! Featuring work by Farel Dalrymple, Ed Wheelan, Lark Pien, Noah Van Sciver, Adrea Kalfas, Benjamin Marra, Ian Chachere, Dylan Horrocks, and many more! Includes comics, art, articles, interviews, and a playable board game! Cover art by Levon Jihanian.

Nincompoop #1 by Christoph Mueller $8.00

Laskimooses #30 Helahtaa Kuminen Kannel $7.00

comics by Jesse Hedman:
AFC Special: Legend of Skullfucker Prequel $5.00
High Fantasy $2.00
AFC Special 2016 24-Hour comic $2.00

Circulus by Rupert Bottenberg $7.00


Hellbound Lifestyle by Alabaster Pizzo and Kaeleigh Forsyth (Retrofit) $10.00 – Belly laugh funny. Pizzo and Forsyth met when they realized they’d been dating the same person. For a year. And neither of them knew. Now they’re besties. And they make hilarious comics.

Y THE LAST MAN BOOK 5 by Brian K. Vaughan & friends $19.99

Injection TPB vol 2 by Warren Ellis & friends $14.99

CHRONICLES OF HATE vol 2 by Adrian Smith $29.99

HELLBOY AND THE BPRD 1953 by Mike Mignola $19.99

books by Stanley Wany, $15.00 each:

Silent Worlds by Carlos Santos $15.00


So You Want to Publish A Magazine by Angharad Lewis $24.95


Last Days of New Paris by China Mieville $25.00

When Watched: Stories by Leopoldine Core $16.00 – 19 stories in or around NY, populated by sex workers and artists, lovers and friends.

Girls: A Novel by Emma Cline $27.00

Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead $26.95


Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died by Dave Hoekstra, Steve Dahl, with a foreward by Bob Odenkirk (Curbside Splendor) $34.95 – To boost attendance at Comiskey Park, the White Sox and Chicago DJ legend Steve Dahl collaborated to host Disco Demolition on July 12, 1979. Admission to the park was ninety-eight cents and a disco record. Records were destroyed on the field between games, declaring absolutely how rock fans felt about disco. Attendance exceeded fifty thousand, far beyond anyone s estimations, and when fans stormed the field for the demolition, chaos ensued.

Reckless: My Life as a Pretender by Chrissie Hynde $16.00 – Now in soft cover.

Morrissey and Marr: The Severed Alliance, The 25th Anniversary Edition by Johnny Rogan (Overlook) $21.95


The Selected Works Of Voltairine De Cleyre: Poems, Essays, Sketches And Stories, 1885-1911 ed. by Alexander Berkman (AK Press) $16.95 – Writings from a pioneer of women’s liberation and American anarchism.

Chicago Is Not Broke: Funding the City We Deserve by Tom Tresser $12.00



A Brief History of Vice: How Bad Behavior Built Civilization by Robert Evans $16.00


Venomous: How Earths Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry by Christie Wilcox $26.00


Lucky Peach #20 Fall 16 Cooks and Chefs Three Fine Dining $12.00

Skin Art #166 $7.99


Oyez Review #43 Spr 16 $6.50

Tisty Tosty by Two Tone Jumbo and Freekyboi $2.00

Traveler Livre 1 Le Labyrinthe Cosmique $15.00


No Mercy Sticker by Corinne Halbert $3.00

New Stuff This Week

Cards Against Humanity & friends! #quimbys #cardsagainsthumanity

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Cards Against Humanity & friends shelf! The fine folks at CAH said that they were getting inundated with requests to visit their office. They regretted that they were not able to accomodate and thought it might help if they sent people here to Quimby’s to see their offerings as well as things written, created and published by the folks that work there. Come check out their display here to check out their offerings. You’ll find not just the game itself and all six expansion packs but also such readables as: Your Emails Are Bad and You Should Feel Bad $5.00 – Hilarious e-mails CAH has received. Fisticuffs: A Card Game by the Nerdologues $20.00. Themed CAH expansion packs with such themes as: Fantasy, Geek, 90s Nostalgia ($5.00 each). Handbook by Kevin Budnik $20.00 – A recent offering from the talented and local comics artist. Descartes’ Meditations, Bro: A Retelling of Meditations on First Philosophy by Tommy Maranges $15.00 – If Cliff Notes were hilarious and fun, this would be them. Maxistentialism issues #1-#3 by Max Temkin $5.00 – Exactly what you want it to be. Here’s a thoughtful dude!

East Village Inky #57 by Ayun Halliday $3.00

Library Excavations Correctional Advertising 1979-1989 by Marc Fischer (Temporary Services) $6.00 – These are all ads featured in magazines for the correctional institute trade. People who work in prisons, this is their magazine. And it is for real. And also, surreal.

Living Southerners #4 July 16 by J Wu $2.00

Ultimate Guide to the Chicago Public Library You Media Teens by W. Mack $2.00

Calling For Zine Doantions by Claire $2.00

Grub #2 Jun 16 Food and More $4.00

Stressed and Overwhelmed Good Habits for the Exhausted Overachiever by Elly Blue $3.00

Xerography Debt #38 & #39 $4.00 each

Sprouts: Live Well with Living Foods by Ian Giesbrecht $9.95

Letters I’ll Never Send #1 A Personal Study by Brittany Meyer $6.00

Young Thug, John Cage and Other Musical Visionaries by Mia $2.00

Slash: A Punk Magazine from Los Angeles 1977-1980 edited by Brian Roettinger and JC Gabel (Hat & Beard Press) $60.00


Trash City #1 $6.00 – With work from such mini-comics luminaries as Samuel Nigrosh, Clay Hickson, Carrie Vinarsky and more!

Fridge Zone by Bobby Sims $6.00

Elsewhere #1 by Lindsay Mathers $5.00

Save Our Souls Magazine #2 by David Ziggy Greene $9.25

Forty Eight Hour Lies by Adrienne Bazir $5.00

Mini Kus issues! $5.00 each:
#38 Three Sisters by Ingrida Pickane
#39 Unwell by Tara Booth
#40 1944 by Hanneriina Moisseinen
#41 Eyez by Aisha Franz
#42 Alien Beings by Laura Kenins

S #24 Baltic Comics Magazine Feb 16 & S #25 Baltic Comics Magazine Jul 16, $12.00 each

Shh by Ellissa Jane $12.00

Murder by the Pound #1 Shadow the Dog Detective by Scott Lee Sharp $8.00

This issues #1 & #2 by Evil Nemec $4.00 each

Kaan and the Heavy Metal Lords of War by Victor Puchalski $2.99

Island #9 Story by Matt Sheean, art by Brandon Graham $7.99


Cosplayers Perfect Collection by Dash Shaw (Fantagraphics) $22.99

She’s Not into Poetry: Mini Comics 1991 through 1996 by Tom Hart $14.95

Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire $29.99

March Book 3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell (Top Shelf) $19.99

Otherworld Barbara vol 1 by Moto Hagio (Fantagraphics) $39.99

Growing Up in Public by Ezequiel Garcia (Fantagraphics) $22.99

End of A Fence by Roman Muradov $12.00

Miss US of Heya by Menorah Horwitz (Floating World) $12.00


Presidents and UFOs: A Secret History from FDR to Obama $16.99

Man in the Monster: Inside the Mind of A Serial Killer by Martha Elliott $17.00

Vile: Peeking Under the Skin of Murderers by Benjamin S. Jeffries (Schiffer) $24.99

UFOs Over America by Joseph Flammer (Schiffer) $19.99


Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers $28.95

This Might Hurt A Bit by Steve Silver $12.95

Dahlia Cassandra: A Novel by Nathaniel Kressen $16.00

Dying Grass by William T. Vollmann $35.00

Descending Memphis by Robert R. Moss $12.99

City On Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg $17.00


Sick on You: The Disastrous Story of the Hollywood Brats, The Greatest Band You’ve Never Heard of by Andrew Matheson (Blue Rider Press) $16.00

Rocky Horror Picture Show FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Campy Cult Classic by Dave Thompson $19.99

Twin Peaks FAQ: All Thats Left to Know About a Place Both Wonderful and Strange by David Bushman and Arthur Smith $19.99


So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson $16.00 – Now in soft cover!

I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This: A Memoir by Nadja Spiegelman $27.00 – By the daughter of Art and Françoise Spiegelman.


Women in Science: Fifty Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky $16.99


The Seitanic Spellbook: Recipes and Rantings of the Vegan Black Metal Chef by Brian Manowitz, illustrated by Jenny Ashford (L’Age D’Homme) $25.00


Razorcake #93 $4.00

Juxtapoz #188 Sept 16 $6.99

Tattoo Life #101 $9.99

Atlantis Rising #119 Egypts Obelisk Mystery $6.95

Ghetto Blaster #44 $4.50

AdBusters #127 vol 24 #5 Sep Oct Year of Living Dangerously $14.99

Mojo #273 The Smiths 50 Greatest Songs $10.99


stickers by Corinne Halbert, $3.00 each:
Green Skull
Hail Mary

Thrive 2017 Nikki Mcclure Calendar $18.00

& yeah, yeah, yeah, more Moleskinne planners and notebooks.